If you’re not using Pinterest for trip planning, you’re missing out on what can be a fun and useful tool. Personally, I love to use it for making inspiration boards and saving images of places I really want to go, but there are a lot of great ways to use this site for trip planning.
If you’re like me, you skip over to Barnes and Noble or log on to Amazon.com to pick up a guidebook whenever you’re planning on traveling to a new destination. While this is a habit I don’t think I’ll ever break, probably because of the fact that I actually really enjoy drawing myself a bubble bath and thumbing through the pages of a guidebook when I travel, but that’s just my own personal quirk.
That being said, Pinterest can become your own personal guide book, full of only the things you want to see and do the most.
How to do it?
Sure, Pinterest is a fun place to pin images upon images of delightful things, thus creating a virtual cork board of pretty pictures that is fun to look at. I have boards entirely for this purpose. On the other hand, it can also be a powerful tool…if you use it the right way.
You see, those photos you pin are actually linked back to the website that they originated from, which means you can create yourself a really nice library of travel information if you set it up that way. You can set up boards with different topics, or different locations, depending on how you want to organize it, and then pin only specific things you want to do or information you want to save to that board. It’s your own personal guide book with only the stuff you want to see.
It’s also great because if you’re going to be traveling with a laptop, a tablet, or even a smart phone, you can visit Pinterest on their site or app and access all the information you saved, thus eliminating your need to carry around a guide book. If you’re traveling internationally, of course, make sure you’re going to have internet access first!
Here is a sample from my Seattle/Vancouver trip:
Also make use of the pin button, which you can install in your browser. Then all you need to do when you’re on a website you want to save is just click that button and it will walk you through the rest.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be an article about Pinterest if I didn’t include a shameless plug for you to follow me on Pinterest. https://www.pinterest.com/TravelEatRepeat/
Have you used Pinterest for trip planning? Have any additional tips? I would love to hear about it in the comments!